Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Guest Post - Keeping Your Kids Safe In The Sun

Hey there! My name is Louise and I blog over at An Undomestic Goddess. I'm here today to fill in while Emma is away on holiday, hopefully having a great time :)
With summer approaching, that means our little ones will be playing outside a lot more than usual. That’s a great thing, but it’s also very important to keep them protected from the sun, heat, and dehydration. As I ended up in hospital with dehydration myself last year, I know just how horrible that can be, so today I thought I'd share a few of my top tips for keeping kids sun safe this year ...
Apply a high factor sun cream
Kids and sun cream go hand in hand! If you’re sending them out to play or you’re going on a family beach adventure, having sun cream with you is the way to go
I tend to keep a bottle with me at all times - I keep one in my handbag, one in Oscar's changing bag and I also make sure that my other half keeps on in the glove compartment of his car. That way, I know the kids aren't going unprotected.
Even if you don’t think it’s all that sunny outside, the sun’s rays can seep through and you can easily get a sunburn so it’s best to apply sun cream repeatedly throughout the day if you and your family are going be outside for long periods of time. I recommend buying in a sun cream of factor 50+
Dehydration can creep up on you and your family members almost without your knowledge. As I mentioned before, I ended up in hospital last year because of it. And I drink at least 8 glasses of water a day throughout the year! Scary huh?
With kids always running around, they may have no idea that they’re getting or thirsty. Therefore I think it's really important to make sure that they're getting plenty of fluids throughout the day.
If we're out and about I always carry 2 or 3 bottles of water around with me and I encourage the kids to have a few sips every 10-15 minutes or so.
Things like hats and 100% cotton shorts and shirts do wonders for keeping your family cool when it’s hot outside.
Make sure that your kids’ clothes aren’t tight fitting or they could develop a heat rash.
I also always keep sun hats for my kids close by. My daughter Stacey only really likes the baseball style ones, but I highly recommend the ones with the extra piece of fabric at the back to protect little ones' necks from the sun as well.

If your child starts showing signs of sunburn or heat stroke, here's what you can do to help them ...
  • Remove them from the sun straight away
  • Place them in a cool shower or bath
  • Give them extra fluids for the next 2-3 days
  • Give them ibuprofen (to the directions on the bottle)
  • Use moisturising creams or aloe gel to provide comfort
  • When going outside, cover all sunburned areas until they have fully healed
And of course if you have any worries whatsoever, don't be afraid to contact your family doctor and let them know you have concerns. They’ll point you in the direction of sound medical advice and actions.

I hope you guys found this post helpful and don't forget to come on over to An Undomestic Goddess to say "Hi".

Thanks for reading guys!

Louise xxx

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